As described by his brother, a devoted dad and skilled woodworker had been fatally mowed down in Queens Tuesday while fulfilling his duty as an NYPD officer.
The death of Anastasios Tsakos, 43, left his colleagues and even Mayor Bill de Blasio saddened knowing how a devoted and hardworking father he was.
“We stand here this morning reminded once again in law enforcement, there is no such thing as a routine job. We stand here devastated and trying to pick up the pieces of what is a shattered home, and a shattered NYPD family,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said.
Tsakos was hit at around 2 a.m. on the Fresh Meadows highway while regulating the traffic following a previous crash. 32-year-old Jessica Beauvais was drunk when she mowed him down, police said.
“He had his whole life ahead of him and it was just cut short,” Tsakos’ brother told reporters. “He was excited about his new home, he was fixing it up. He was always playing with his kids. He built them tables, night tables.”
Teddy described the late father-of-two as a “meticulously neat” person who would ride his motorcycle every day to work.
“Everything was a certain way. I remember his room; everything had to be a certain way. He was very meticulous. If I were to walk in his room and walk back out, he would know I walked in.”